Tall ships in town this weekend

The tall ships are coming.

Water’s Edge Festival and Events will be bringing the tall ships to Collingwood and Wasaga Beach this weekend. As many as 15 ships will be located at Collingwood harbour, Wasaga Beach and Nancy Island.

The ships are coming in honour of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

“Our government is proud to help commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial through our support for the Tall Ships 1812 tour,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “The tour will be a spectacular way to mark a defining moment in our nation’s history. This is a signature event that will draw visitors from Ontario and beyond our borders, strengthen local economies and create jobs right across Ontario.”

Residents will have the opportunity to step aboard for a tour of the ships, watch the Parade of Sail, enjoy the War of 1812 land activities, interactive displays, live musical entertainment, and special activities throughout Downtown.

One of the activities takes place Saturday evening at 5 p.m., dockside The Tall Ship Lynx.

The Collingwood Museum is holding a lecture and dinner to raise funds to help restore a historic painting that was done on wood veneer and needs to be restored.

“A painting by Mary McKay of down in the harbour where you can see the old wharf and the grain terminals,” said museum manager Susan Warner. “We want to have it restored to what it was before it was donated. She’s one of our local artists and it’s great to have the community’s backing.”

Todd Stubbs will be speaking about the HMS Nancy and its relationship to Collingwood.

“What he is going to touch base on, is in regards to the HMS Nancy and the role that Collingwood citizens took in keeping the HMS Nancy hull in Wasaga Beach,” Warner said.

Tickets are $88 per person or $76 for museum members.

For tickets visit http://www.ticketpro.ca or call 888-6

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